Tracker Pixel for Entry

​THE BEAUTY OF SIMPLICITY

by Judd Eskildsen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | All About Food | March 15th, 2017

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, and everybody celebrating their true, or false, Irish heritage, I decided it would be a good time to write about one of my absolute favorite dishes, which is also very easy to prepare, Corned Beef and Cabbage.

Beef preserved in salt was a main source of income for many Irish people. Preserved beef was seen as a luxury item to the Irish since the cheaper cuts were primarily exported to the French and the better cuts were sold to the British, leaving none at all for the Irish workers, unless it was gifted to them or stolen from work.

19th century America saw a great wave of Irish immigrants due to the potato famine happening in Northern Europe. As mentioned earlier, corned beef was looked at as a luxury ingredient and was never available to the Irish before. It became extremely popular among the immigrants due to its very cheap price compared to other meats available at the time. Therefore "Irish" Corned Beef and Cabbage was born.

I'm never one for recipes, so we'll talk ya through it. Start with a 15-17# corned beef brisket. Separate the point from the flat, and trim almost all of the fat from the meat. If you're not familiar with a brisket, there are two masses of muscle surrounded by a large amount of fat. There is the flat, which is the easiest to work with, and the point. The point looks like a typical roast, whereas the flat is long, wide and about two inches thick.

Rub the meat generously with brown sugar, add 1/2 cup of generic pickling spice, 1 quart of your favorite Irish red (Drekker Broken Rudder), a roughly chopped onion or two and about two pounds of roughly chopped or baby carrots in a large roaster set at 200 degrees for a minimum of 14 hours and up to 24. Carefully transfer the corned beef to a separate container, discarding the vegetables and saving the cooking liquid.

To serve, put a cold pan on high heat with canola oil and a handful of roughly chopped or baby carrots. Starting in a cold pan will ensure that the carrots and cabbage will be cooked evenly. Continue cooking the carrots for 3-5 minutes or until the oil reaches its smoking point.

Add about 3 handfuls of roughly chopped Cabbage with generous amounts of salt and pepper. When the cabbage and carrots start to lightly brown on the edges, add cooked corned beef and about 1 cup of reserved cooking liquid. Continue cooking until almost all of the liquid has been reduced, and transfer everything to a saucer.

This dish is one of the most simple and beautiful examples of how great rustic peasant food can be. Leftovers are perfect for Reuben sandwiches. If you're not up for the challenge of making spectacular corned beef, I'll be serving it with cabbage and carrots, and on Reuben sandwiches all week! Stop by and say hi!

Recently in:

Katrina Klett grew up running in fields with bees stinging her bare feet. Her parents constantly reminded her to put on shoes, but she rarely listened. Today, the family company she helps run in Jamestown, Klett Beekeeping, has…

How long have you had your computer monitor? Is it time to get a new one? How do you know if it is time to get a new one? Many people got their monitor bundled with their computer. I don’t have too much to complain about if that…

May 31-June 1Fargo Civic Center 207 4th St N, FargoA platform for you to build your business, your unmanned expertise, or network with fellow enthusiasts. Even more useful, on May 30 and June 2, Part 107 Drone Ground Training…

We’ve just read Mike McFeely’s interview with Governor Burgum, are intrigued by the governor’s vision of the future of higher education; that online courses will largely obviate the need for campuses, tenured faculty, and…

The rich live 20 years longer than the poorSeveral recent incidents in the airline industry are sending messages to the Ninety-Nine Percent around the world. If you can’t hold it, don’t book a flight. A male passenger was…

The moment of truth has arrived. After seven weeks of sampling and judging some of the finest libations in the area the results for this year’s Cocktail Showdown have arrived. Christopher Larson, Raul Gomez and Sabrina Hornung…

Do you eat enough vegetables? Almost no one does. The current USDA nutrition guidelines for adults recommends 2.5 to 3 cups of vegetables to be eaten daily. Other nutrition sources indicate this number can be upwards of 6 cups of…

Nine band lineup at The AquariumLocal radio listeners are likely to be familiar with 95.9 Radio Free Fargo, a station devoted to serving the Fargo-Moorhead area and run completely by volunteers. The station plays a little bit of…

Cinema

​Killer serial makes Blu-ray debut

by Christopher P. Jacobs

“Daredevils of the Red Circle.” Who are they? What is it? Before the internet, before television, serialized drama was still a significant part of popular culture. Novels were serialized in magazines and newspapers going back…

Artist Anna Lee brings years of knowledge to Fargo in new workshopsOrganizing and participating in locally-grown fashion shows, years at corporations like Target. And now working as an independent artist, Anna Lee has done it all,…

When we had a chance to catch up with Corey Ruffin, the mastermind behind the Grand Rapids-based traveling burlesque troupe Super Happy Funtime Burlesque, he was at the repair shop getting a tune-up on their tour bus. The retired…

Humor

​Talking to strangers

by Sabrina Hornung

“I don’t have a tour, like, on the back of a sweatshirt,” comedian Paula Poundstone says. “I go out every weekend. This weekend I went out Friday, Saturday and Monday. Mostly it’s Friday/Saturday or Thursday through…

This Memorial Day weekend, thousands of hands will be reaching into icy cold coolers for a refreshing beer to wet the whistle. Mark Bjornstad, co-founder and president of Drekker Brewing Company hopes that at least once during the…

Wellness

​Gut instinct

by Amber Schmidt

While many of us suffer with the occasional upset stomach, long-term digestive issues can lead to increased problems down the road. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 60 to 70…

Live and Learn

​The other shoe

by HPR Contributor

By Elizabeth Nawrotnawrot@mnstate.eduI look up from my hotel lobby breakfast astonished to see a framed print of Wassily Kandinsky's "Mit und Gegen,” a masterpiece of color and composition that just happens to be my favorite…

With the recent passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the U.S. House of Representatives, it is important to have an honest and truthful discussion regarding what the AHCA is and what it is not. But before we get into…